I have been pining after a cult NARS blush palette for years now. I always seem to miss them when they launch (because they’re crazy popular and sell out super fast), or the color selections overlaps with what I already own.
But not this time around! I spotted the NARS Narsissist Unfiltered Cheek Palettes right before Christmas, and my mom was kind enough to pick one up for me as a gift. These palettes are $59.00 each and come in two variations: Unfiltered 1 (bright, saturated shades) and Unfiltered II (pinky-mauve shades). I tend to gravitate toward more natural shades of blush on a daily basis, so I went with Unfiltered II.
How pretty is the compact? I love the reflective surface, although it attracts fingerprints like no other. The palette comes in a sturdy plastic case that snaps shut, and when you open it, there’s a large mirror. I think this would be great to travel with because the palette isn’t huge, either. It’s just slightly bigger than the size of my hand.
This palette has six blushes in it. Conquest is a matte peach blush that’s quite light when swatched, even for my skin tone. I think this would make a great natural highlighter on days where you want to brighten areas of the face without a bunch of shimmer. Undefeated is a pale pink blush loaded with microshimmer. It is so gorgeous on the skin, and I can see myself wearing this all spring. Power Play is a matte hot pink blush, and it reminds me of Pale Pink from Bobbi Brown, which is one of my favorite blushes ever. This looks lovely right on the apples of the cheek to get that “fresh out of the snow” look. Hot Sand is a shimmering, champagne-peach, and I love to use this as a highlighter. Again, it’s pale to be used as a blush on its own for my skin tone, but this is fabulous on the cheekbones. Fame is a slightly deeper version of Hot Sand, and this one shows up beautifully on the cheeks. It’s a great blush for when you want color on the cheeks without any fuss. Candid is my favorite; it’s a stunning plum-raspberry shade with a touch of shimmer. It’s perfect for winter.
The formula on these blushes is fantastic. They’re smooth, buildable, and blendable. I didn’t find a problematic shade in this palette, which is typically a rarity. There’s usually at least one dud shade in any palette I’ve tried. NARS blushes are some of the best (and my favorite) in the business. I use their famed peachy-pink shade Orgasm on a daily basis, and I see myself getting tons of use out of this palette. And considering one NARS blush (0.16 oz) will make your wallet $30 lighter, $59 for six (at 0.12, so 3/4 the size of a full blush) is a stellar deal. Highly recommend!
Have you tried the NARS Narsissist Unfiltered Cheek Palettes?
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